Out-Of-Door Academy of Sarasota, Inc.
444 Reid Street
Sarasota FL 34242-1332
Mission
Mission Statement
 
As an independent, college preparatory school, we provide an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and to build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts and athletics.
 

Core Values

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Respect 
  • Responsibility
  • Service
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David V. Mahler
Board Chair Mrs. Mitzie Henson
Board Chair Affiliation No Affiliation
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
The Out-of-Door Academy
Supported Organization
Former Names
The Out-of-Door School
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1924
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration 0
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $15,300,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,500,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
Needs Statement

Financial Assistance Funding

We are committed to making an Out-of-Door education financially accessible by striving to assist as many families as possible who cannot afford the school’s full tuition, but are determined to stretch their own financial resources to make education their top priority. For the most recent school year, more than 20% of our students received support.

 

Faculty Professional Development Funding

Out-of-Door is committed to providing professional growth and development opportunities. Many faculty and staff members attend conferences, seminars and webinars throughout the year. ODA also covers the cost of graduate coursework.

 

Arts Funding

The school's arts programs have always been an integral part of the curriculum - drama, music, and the visual arts.  The sequential, cumulative design ensures that students from Pre-K through 12th Grade develop a deep understanding of the arts and their importance. We raise funds for the "extras" that contribute to the excellence of the program.

 

Athletics Funding

ODA recognizes that participation in athletics has benefits beyond physical exercise and acknowledges personal qualities like teamwork and sportsmanship as the true aims of sport. In addition to a broad physical education program for Lower and Middle School students, Thunder varsity teams have won 52 District, 11 Regional, and 8 State Individual Championships since the program’s inception in 1996. As participation increases in our athletics program, so do our financial needs.

 

Technology Funding

Innovative technology advances learning for all students and faculty. Our campus-wide network includes hundreds of workstations, computer labs, mobile Macbook labs, and mobile iPad labs. Technologies include curriculum-based software, interactive displays and smartboards. We expanded our iPad program with an 8th grade iPad program, that has just concluded its second year.

Background Statement

Our school has a rich and unique history. Founded in 1924 on Siesta Key as The Out-of-Door School, it opened with ten students and five teachers. Classes "for healthy minds, bodies, and spirits" included the academics, music and art, as well as horseback riding, swimming, dancing and carpentry. The school’s founder, Fanneal Harrison, envisioned and created a school that would allow young people to traverse the world around them in an experiential manner. Making our students aware of the vital need for their intellectual achievement and giving them the tools for developing overall abilities remains the primary focus of an Out-of-Door education. Preparation for college, and in turn, for lifetime achievements and challenges, is and will continue to be the distinguishing aspect of our school.

 

The Out-of-Door Academy has become a vibrant two-campus college-preparatory school with a well-balanced curriculum focused on strong academics, the arts and athletics. In 1997, The Out-of-Door Academy opened a second campus in Lakewood Ranch expanding its educational offerings to high school students. The school had its first commencement ceremony in the spring of 1999 with just 12 graduates, and now it boasts over 500 alumni who have matriculated to some of the most sought after colleges and universities across the country. In the fall of 2005, Out-of-Door earned membership into the prestigious Cum Laude Society which represents the top 1% of all secondary schools in the United States.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
Throughout the United States
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Keywords
College Prep, Education, Individualized Instruction, Independent, Child-Centered
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Over the past several years, The Out-of-Door Academy has grown in every imaginable way, including programs, facilities, student enrollment, student achievement and quality of the faculty and staff. Throughout these changes, Out-of-Door has remained steadfast in its commitment to the tenets of our mission statement and dedicated to academic excellence, intellectual and artistic creativity, competitive athletics, character education and community service. Great organizations, however, do not rest on the laurels of past accomplishments, but constantly seek and explore new opportunities to learn, improve, and grow. This ethos is what launched our strategic planning process for the future of Out-of-Door. 

 

The Out-of-Door Academy has witnessed the dawn of a new era of progress and growth. While many of our peer independent schools across the nation and public school counterparts struggled with the challenges of declining enrollments and budget shortfalls, we embarked on a journey to make Out-of-Door a better and stronger school and to build upon our eighty-nine year tradition of educational excellence in the Sarasota community. Following more than a year of surveys, research, focus groups and discussions that involved all of the constituencies that comprise the Out-of-Door family, a strategic plan and vision for the future of our school was adopted, and the work to make our school stronger began. 

 

The following strategic goals are shaping and focusing our efforts to guide Out-of-Door’s continued growth and development: 

• Building a preeminent college preparatory program 

• Pursuing 21st century relevance in our total educational experience 

• Increasing the quantity, quality and diversity of our admissions pool 

• Expanding our financial resources 

• Positioning The Out-of-Door Academy as a valuable community asset 

 

Sound execution of these initiatives will result in an even stronger Out-of-Door Academy. Evidence of our school’s progress towards these ends and sustained efforts to better fulfill our mission can be found throughout this profile. I hope you will see our ongoing commitment to thoughtfully, and strategically, propel our school into the future. 

Programs
Description Through a program grounded in the liberal arts, our faculty seeks to prepare students for colleges and universities well suited to their abilities and aspirations. Our dedicated and caring faculty offers students individual assistance and guidance and is committed to an educationally excellent environment where: students - 1.become confident, self-sufficient, self directed, learners who develop a "love of learning" 2.demonstrate an enthusiasm to learn 3.reach high and are encouraged to surpass their own previous standards of performance; faculty - 1.set high, reasonable standards and then inspire, guide, and lead students to achieve them 2.offer a developmentally appropriate and academically balanced program 3.present a variety of learning opportunities an cultural experiences (in and out of the classroom) 4.provide for interdisciplinary and multicultural learning by using varied teaching methods and performance appraisals; faculty, students, and parents - 1.exhibit integrity and respect 2.set a tone that is serious, challenging, structured, and disciplined 3.interact with one another to nurture success 4.establish a culture of excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts.
Budget $13,306,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
The Out-of-Door Academy will continue with 100% of our graduates matriculating to four year colleges and universities across the country.
 
Long Term Success

In the year 2014, as the school celebrates its 90th anniversary, The Out-of-Door Academy will be recognized as one of the top college preparatory schools in the Southeast, a school where academic excellence and athletic and artistic performance all lead to outstanding personal development and where purposeful, balanced experiences prepare students for successful, rewarding lives.

Our students will continue to excel in language arts, math, science, and the fine and performing arts. Our curriculum will incorporate the teaching of 21st century skills, character education and a fully developed wellness program. Our athletic programs will be increasingly competitive with high standards of sportsmanship for our student- athletes. Technology will be leveraged to bring the real world to Out-of-Door and to develop an attitude of global citizenship in our students.

Program Success Monitoring
Out-of-Door surveys the recent graduates during their freshman year to see how they are adjusting and also if they felt prepared for the challenges of college.
Program Success Examples In 2013 100% of our graduates matriculated to college. 96% received unsolicited merit/academic scholarships. $150,000 average four-year scholarship per recipient. Over $7.5 million in total scholarship dollars awarded.
Description The Out-of-Door Academy has been deliberate and thoughtful about the role of technology for our students. 

Above purchasing equipment, ODA has made a commitment to building a strong infrastructure of people and software to support the technology enhancements.

We believe it’s important for children to learn technology at an early age and to stay up-to-date with current technology. We are looking to fund the following: 

 
  • $10,000 – iPad Classroom Cart: Your gift supports the cost of one movable classroom cart which contains 20 iPads to be used in a classroom as needed. 
  • $2,500 - Professional Development: Your gift supports the cost of five faculty members to experience professional development. ODA is committed to providing opportunities for professional development, including 100% funding for graduate work. The seminars, conferences and graduate work that our faculty experience, all have an immediate and direct benefit to the students they teach.
  • $1,000 – MacBook:  Your gift supports the cost of adding one MacBook to the school. With MacBooks, students write, analyze data, and present their work in engaging ways.  
  • $500 – iPad:  Your gift supports the cost of one iPad for the school. The iPad is transforming the way we teach and learn. ODA needs more iPads available to our students at every grade level. 
  • $250 - Software: With the latest technology, also comes the need for additional up-to-date software. Your gift will support the costs of various software purchases needed for our two campuses.

 

Any amount is appreciated! Every gift makes a difference in support of our students.
Budget $100,000
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success We are expanding the use of technology in the classroom every year. This year we piloted an 8th grade iPad program with great success. We will be expanding it in the 2014-2015 school year. We will be adding more iPads to reach our students in every grade level. We will also install SMART boards in every classroom.
Long Term Success Graduates from The Out-of-Door Academy will be prepared for the future in technology.
Program Success Monitoring The Out-of-Door Academy's faculty will utilize technology to support and enhance their teaching in the classroom to engage and inspire students.
Program Success Examples

Technology is changing the way we teach in the classroom. Examples in use are: Pam Davis, who has taught at Out-of-Door for over 35 years, used an iPad app to enhance the introduction to microscopes. 8th graders read the e-book, Of Mice and Men, watched history videos to gain early insight in preparation for class discussion to searching for primary sources.

Comments
Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David V. Mahler
CEO Term Start Feb 2004
CEO/Executive Director Email dmahler@oda.edu
Experience David Mahler is our current Head of School and has held this position since 2004. David holds an Ed.M. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in history from Wesleyan University. While leading The Out-of-Door Academy, David has served in various leadership positions for the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools, as well as a member of The Advisory Board for the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  He was elected to the Florida Council of Independent Schools Board of Directors in 2007 and is the current President of FCIS.
 
Prior to his appointment as the Head at Out-of-Door, David was the Academic Dean at the Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. He also served as the Director of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools New Teacher Institute and founded and led the JRPO Academic Dean Benchmarking Group, bringing independent school leaders from across the country together to analyze academic performance data and address curriculum issues, program development and organization change. David has worked for over 20 years in every facet of education including teacher, coach, and administrator in both boarding and day school settings. He has been instrumental in turning the financial picture around at The Out-of-Door Academy. He has strengthened our bottom line by making wise decisions and influencing our Board on key decisions for the growth and expansion of our campuses and programs.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Steve Bowers July 1997 - June 1998
Mike Novello July 1998 - June 2004
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Angel R Cappar Chief Financial Officer
Kippie Crouch Athletic Director
Noel Dougherty Head of Upper School
Tanna Horner Head of Lower School
Bruce Latta Head of Middle School
Laura Murphy Director of Admissions
Amy Towery Director of Advancement
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 129
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 94
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
Asolo Repertory Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre
New College of Florida
The Swain Family Farm
The Players Theatre
Mote Marine
Circus Arts Conservatory 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
The Cum Laude SocietyThe Cum Laude Society2006
Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship AwardFlorida High School Athletic Association2014
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 4
Strategic Plan Adopted July 2009
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization

The 2013-2014 school year was yet another remarkable time in the life of The Out-of-Door Academy. There were many impressive accomplishments as we continue to provide a stellar college preparatory education for our students and serve our mission of excellence in academics, arts and athletics.

 

In 2010, the Board of Trustees implemented a comprehensive Strategic Plan for our school. This document is important because it drives our institutional planning and decision-making. It outlines our key values, goals and implementation strategies. The administration, faculty and Board of Trustees have together worked diligently over the past four years and I am pleased to say that this plan has been successfully implemented. We have now moved to the next phase of our Strategic Planning process.

 

We opened our 2014-2015 school year with a record enrollment of 680 students with wait lists at eight grade levels. This is a direct reflection of the outstanding work of our talented faculty combined with a terrific leadership team.

 

Our financial picture continues to be strong. While we are enjoying our continued growth in enrollment, we have also completed detailed ten-year budget projections to insure that we remain fiscally sound in the years ahead. Our endowment continues to grow which is vital for a not for profit educational institution. The Banyan Bash was a lovely evening and also a successful fundraising event. This year’s Annual Fund contributions and parent participation levels were strong as well. The Annual Fund and Banyan Bash are critical to meeting our budget since tuition alone does not cover the expense of a college preparatory education.  

 

It has been an extremely busy year for Long Range Planning projects. A new two story varsity boys’ locker room was completed in October thanks to the generosity of the Grain Family. Renovation of the Middle School classrooms also took place over the summer for the opening of school in August.

 

The key to achieving our mission is fundraising. We are also working diligently on our Capital Campaign. The Board has invested a great deal of effort and resources to ensure the success of this Campaign.  


In closing, we are extremely appreciative for everything you do to help make ODA the truly special place that it is. The accomplishments of 2013-2014 were outstanding and I am excited for the 2014-2015 school year. It is our 90th anniversary and there will be numerous opportunities to celebrate the traditions and successes of our amazing school. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank each of you for all that you do.

Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Mitzie Henson
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Board Term July 2013 to June 2016
Board Chair Email promiseland@comcast.net
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
R. Douglas Bradbury Retired
Tom Buffett Retired
Ariane Dart Dart Foundation
Dr. Rhonda Deems University Ear Nose & Throat Associates
Larry Fox Insula Properties, LLC
Ron Gelbman Retired
Ann Grano Community Volunteer
Mitzie Henson No Affiliation
Teena Humphrey Community Volunteer
Tammy Karp Community Volunteer
Annie Kittle Community Volunteer
Donna Koffman Community Volunteer
Ashley Kozel Community Volunteer
Julie Luhrsen Luhrsen Law Group
David Mahler The-Out-Of-Door Academy
Tracee Murphy Trade Mark Interiors
Ken Pendery First Watch Restaurants
Dr. Florian Schuetz Career Partner GmbH
Dr. Larry Thompson Ringling College
Terri Vitale Community Volunteer
Michael vonWaldner No Affiliation
David White Morgan Stanley
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 12
Unspecified
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 64
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Finance
Marketing
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Campus Planning and Development
Endowment
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $15,300,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,500,000.00
Endowment Value $15,700,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 4
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose The Campaign for The Out-of-Door Academy will provide for the future of Out-of-Door by investing in several crucial areas of the school. After significant discussion and study, The Out-of-Door Academy Board of Trustees has determined that the following improvements are needed:Revitalize the Siesta Key CampusIn the fall of 2006 The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to maintain a Lower School on the Siesta Key campus. This Sarasota landmark, which is listed on the National Historic Registry, has been home to Out-of-Door students since 1924. Several of the existing structures date back to the 1930s and are in need of significant restoration in order to preserve them for the next generation of students on Siesta Key. Renovating classrooms to incorporate new projection technology, adding computer labs and wireless technology, expanding the existing library, and enhancing both the landscaping and the security on this beautiful campus are key improvements for the future of our Lower School. Expand Upper School Programs & FacilitiesIn order to better execute all aspects of our mission and to meet the challenges of an expanding enrollment, significant improvements and enhancements to the existing Middle and Upper School facilities on the Uihlein Campus at Lakewood Ranch Campus are essential. Central to this plan is our commitment to provide facilities that mirror the excellent education our faculty provides for Out-of-Door students each and every day. The addition of new classrooms, a state of the art performing/visual arts center, and much needed athletics facilities including a track and field, expanded gymnasium, tennis courts, and additional performance and practice fields are top priorities in order to provide first class facilities for our students and enhance their opportunities for learning in the classroom, on stage, and on the athletic field.Strengthen the EndowmentLike most independent schools, the vast majority of our revenue comes from tuition and annual giving. In order to provide for long-term financial stability and continued program growth, a larger endowment is required. A healthy endowment will provide additional income to support programs, staffing, the expanding needs of technology, and facilities maintenance without placing additional strain on the operating budget. A strong endowment will also provide funds to assist qualified families with need-based tuition assistance so that deserving students can have access to an Out-of-Door Academy education regardless of their socio-economic background.
Campaign Goal $15,000,000.00
Campaign Dates July 2007 to July 2013
Amount Raised To Date 15000000 as of May 2012
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,671,994$2,102,200$2,087,097
$0$0$0
$13,074,557$12,298,440$11,670,661
Investment Income, Net of Losses$626,385$1,042,453$365,575
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$344,936$253,302$333,440
Revenue In-Kind$202,838$823,766$209,388
Other$322,462$324,918$239,350
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$13,249,232$12,181,870$11,903,771
Administration Expense$1,632,413$1,691,442$1,407,438
Fundraising Expense$402,367$617,910$283,608
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.111.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%84%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%26%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$45,695,968$41,629,743$38,596,526
Current Assets$19,154,916$16,436,427$14,218,324
Long-Term Liabilities$14,660,915$12,389,162$41,073
Current Liabilities$5,435,102$5,867,899$17,265,330
Total Net Assets$25,599,951$23,372,682$21,290,123
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTuition $12,771,190Tuition $11,881,300Tuition $11,019,825
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,671,994Contributions, gifts, grants $2,102,200Contributions, gifts, grants $2,087,097
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $626,385Investment income $1,042,453Investment income $365,575
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $200,001 - Plus
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.522.800.82
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets32%30%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures were taken from the 990s.  Federal 990s and audited financial statements reconcile.
Nonprofit Out-Of-Door Academy of Sarasota, Inc.
Address 444 Reid Street
Sarasota, FL 342421332
Primary Phone 941 349-3223

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